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USA Today Preseason Coaches' Poll Reveals Tough Slate For Boston College Basketball

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A total of nine opponents ranked in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll.

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If Boston College is going to make a return trip to the NCAAs for the first time in five seasons, the team will likely have to hold its own against ranked opponents. The preseason USA Today Preseason Coaches Poll is out, revealing a total of nine games against ranked opponents for the Eagles in 2013-14. Ten if BC draws Indiana in the second game of the 2K Sports Classic at MSG.

Duke leads the way for the ACC with a preseason #4 ranking. Syracuse (7), North Carolina (11), Notre Dame (22) and Virginia (24) also represent the new-look ACC in the preseason top 25. Boston College is one of the few ACC programs that draws two preseason ranked opponents as primary partners (Syracuse and Notre Dame). Tough sledding.

In addition, Boston College's non-conference opponents Virginia Commonwealth (15), Connecticut (19) and possibly Indiana (24) are also ranked in the preseason poll. Harvard and Pittsburgh are in the Also Receiving Votes category.

Here's the complete poll:

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Kentucky Wildcats (16) 21-12 767 NR
2 Michigan St. Spartans (3) 27-9 749 13
3 Louisville Cardinals (10) 35-5 741 1
4 Duke Blue Devils (3) 30-6 710 5
5 Arizona Wildcats 27-8 637 14
6 Kansas Jayhawks 31-6 623 8
7 Syracuse Orange 30-10 551 3
8 Florida Gators 29-8 550 9
9 Michigan Wolverines 31-8 548 2
10 Ohio St. Buckeyes 29-8 533 6
11 North Carolina Tar Heels 25-11 494 NR
12 Oklahoma St. Cowboys 24-9 462 NR
13 Memphis Tigers 31-5 334 18
14 Gonzaga Bulldogs 32-3 270 12
15 Va. Commonwealth Rams 27-9 258 23
16 Wichita St. Shockers 30-9 233 4
17 Marquette Golden Eagles 26-9 230 11
18 Oregon Ducks 28-9 175 15
19 Connecticut Huskies 20-10 167 NR
20 New Mexico Lobos 29-6 153 19
21 Wisconsin Badgers 23-12 148 22
22 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 25-10 128 NR
23 UCLA Bruins 25-10 121 NR
24 Indiana Hoosiers 29-7 118 7
25 Virginia Cavaliers 23-12 103 NR
Schools Dropped Out
Others Receiving Votes
Baylor Bears 102; Colorado Buffaloes 93; Creighton Bluejays 87; Iowa Hawkeyes 86; Tennessee Volunteers 73; Georgetown Hoyas 38; Harvard Crimson 28; Pittsburgh Panthers 23; California Golden Bears 16; Boise St. Broncos 11; Saint Louis Billikens 8; La Salle Explorers 7; Temple Owls 4; Missouri Tigers 4; Villanova Wildcats 4; Kansas St. Wildcats 3; LSU Tigers 2; Iowa St. Cyclones 2; Arizona St. Sun Devils 2; Illinois Fighting Illini 2; Georgia Bulldogs 1; UNLV Runnin' Rebels 1.